September 2019

Ohio Appellate Court Ruling Highlights Interplay Between Oil and Gas Leases and Ohio's Unitization Statute


On June 19, 2019, the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Seventh Appellate District issued a ruling that addressed important unanswered questions involving the interplay between an existing oil and gas lease whose unitization clause was deleted and Ohio's unitization statute found at R.C. Chapter 1509. A producer's ability to "force unitize" acreage that is covered by an existing oil and gas lease that does not authorize unitization has been subject of debate in recent years. 

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